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1. Can a pain-relieving medicine be useful in treating pleurisy?
Yes, a pain-relieving medicine like indomethacin can be useful in treating pleurisy. These medications can help in reducing inflammation and controlling chest pain in pleurisy.
2. Can a pulmonologist help me in treating pleurisy?
Yes, a pulmonologist can help you in treating pleurisy. He will determine the underlying cause and then start treatment. Besides prescribing medications, he can do surgical procedures like thoracocentesis to drain fluid, air or blood from the pleural space.
3. Which medicines are commonly prescribed in treating pleurisy?
Medicines commonly prescribed in treating pleurisy include
- Codeine based cough syrups
- Immunosuppressants like tacrolimus, methotrexate
4. Can surgery help me in pleurisy?
Yes, surgical procedures like thoracocentesis can help in treating pleurisy to drain fluid, air or blood from the pleural space. A chest tube may be inserted through the chest wall and doctor may inject local painkiller, antibiotics into the area of the chest wall.
5. Does pleurisy treatment lead to any side effects?
There can be side effects of medications (antibiotics, painkillers, steroids) used in pleurisy treatment like nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, gastritis, allergic reaction, diarrhoea, etc. Side effects of thoracocentesis include temporary localised pain, skin infection and rash.